Day 380 More tv drawing 

A lot

Of fun. Eyes are too high but it looks like him at least. Eyes should always be in the middle of the head.  Oh well. 

The ink sketch. Guess when you are as old as they are it doesn’t matter?!  Lol. 


Margaret enjoying a rainy day. 


Day 879 Sunday fun 

Not the best sketch but a bit of Sunday fun drawn while watching Mick on CBS Sunday Morning. I can pause the tv and draw. If it weren’t suppose to be Mick I would say this was a great sketch. Background is gouache. Face is painted with watercolor. 
Here’s the sketch. Done w a pentel brush pen in my Stillman and Birn Mixed Media Sketchbook. Lettering done with a Kuretake brush pen. It has a heavier line. 
Ttyl time to paint. 
Margaret xoxox enjoying this rainy Sunday 


Day 878 It’s Saturday. 

Hanging guys out with my peeps in Aiken at USCA sketching nekkid people I mean at life modeling. Always fun times hanging out with other artists.  

Sarah 20 minute warm up sketch 12×16 Canson mi-teintes paper pentel brush pen and watercolor.  Really like this one a lot. Instead doing one large acrylic painting today I decided to do some pen and ink sketches in watercolor because I had done so well at Dr Sketchys Wednesday nite nailing the proportions over and over.

Sarah without splatters. So while I was on a roll I decided to continue. 

The pose was odd because she was raised up about four feet high. Since I am only five feet one I had an odd view. Told Al I needed a box to stand on. But I persevered and like this one. Fun playing with her hair. 

Go round #2 from a slightly different angle. I could actually see her arm. After about thirty minutes. I started over because I mismeasured. The knob to the right of her left breast is a foot or a knee all I could see of them. Ruth said it looked like a growth so I painted it over. Don’t know if I should have stopped while I was ahead but here she is with perhaps another 2o minutes painting. 

Al Beyer’s large oil
Jeremy’s delicate conte crayon. Just lovely. 

A lovely pastel. Forgot the lady’s name. Sorry. 

Cathe’s. Always like her wispy paintings. 

Alexis a new era charcoal. Good job. 

Rachel Millers a newbie to watercolor. She shames us all with her talent. 

Tom Needham’s watercolor. 
Fred’s zany woman. For once not angry. 

Sad I won’t be going for the next three weekends. Key West then Atlanta for Christmas. Be back in the New Year. 

A bientôt! 

Margaret dreaming of Paris xoxoxo


Day 878 Dr Sketchys Part Two 

Saving the best for last. 

10 Minute santa sketch. Thinking of turning this into a Christmas card. My pen was smoking by the time I drew this one. 

Watercolor and pentel brush pen on 10×14 superaquabee tablet. 

10 Minute sketch -Won a pack of 24 Prisma color pencils with this one. Also a possible Christmas card. 

Man about town. 20 minute sketch 

This one went home with Paul aka DJ Codec. I measured his length. Actually got it right. Not bad in a twenty minute sketch. The real grapes were discretely placed for modesty.  Lol. 

A terrific session at Dr SKETCHYS. 



Margaret still on the run. Xoxoxo 


Day 877 Dr Sketchys Time Part 1

Our model last nite at Dr Sketchys was Paul “DJ Codec” who designs, orchestrates, creates the great awesome sometimes whacky music that accompanies each session of D Sketchys. 

When it was announced who was modeling for us I had thought perhaps not a great model but I have to say he was terrific. Lots of interesting poses to draw and he held them like a rock. Best model in quite a while. 

And who doesn’t klove a guy in a kilt? Great legs Paul!  Ok no kilt sketches? In a minute. 

This pose presented problems because he was working the music and moving the whole time. The easiest way to draw this was to set the body size measuring heads both body length and width FIRST! 

Then I drew body parts. He might change his head but once it was set I didn’t change it. 

 Same with his arms when he moved  them I didn’t change them.  And of course he never moved his legs. 

Double trouble drawn in ten twelve minutes. Princess Augusta the Beautiful Elf and Santa Paul. 

I set the angle on his head first. As I draw I am always looking at angles and negative shapes. Also dropping plumb lines from say a shoulder to the knee to get bod parts where they Belong. 

Title inspired by one of the tunes Paul was spinning. 

The Warmup Sketches. 

The next three were very quick so I am always pleased when they turn our mostly right aka in proportion which these did especially since earlier in the day I was NOT drawing well with my Carbon Platinum pen which I love to sketch with lately. 

So these are all drawn with my pentel brush pen which smeared when I tried to add Tombw markers to them so I quickly got out my hand held large watercolor box from Charles Reid’s class and used it hoping not to turn the faces NOT into grey mud like the tomboys were doing.  

As you can see in the first two sketches above the watercolors with a pentel water brush were the answer. I did not bring even ONE good sable brush. Eek! But Dr Sketchys is partly the fine art of making do. And I did with good results. 

So I may go back and watercolor these quick sketches. My own coloring book. 👍🏻😃

Sketchbook used – my big superaquabee 10″ x14″  which LOVES ink and watercolor. 

On his knee. 

This was a three minute warm up sketch. Face is terrible but proportions great. Maybe watercolor would improve this? 

Tomorrow part two. The best are yet to come. And they really tuned out well. Thinking of using one for my annual Christmas card. 


Margaret xoxoxox 


Day 875 It’s done

Still using Ted Nuttalls transparent colors plus cerulean for greys. I decided to paint the background with quin gold to brighten the page. The cookies have a lot of small dots down with my #6 Isabel which has a very sharp point. Still a little large but oh well. 

Lettering is done w the same 6 Isabey and deartrementis document brown a good fall color.

 Greys are quin sienna and cerulean or a brighter blue that dwells on my palette next to cerulean. Looks very close in color but brighter when u use it. 

This is the back of the page. A page meant to be entertaining for a two year old and a four year old. My grandchildren Henry and Livia. I left a wide gutter on this back because sooner or later I hope to do enough if these to bind them into a journal of our days at the cabin. 

No quin gold background. Like it better gold. 
Ttyl. Time for yoga at the Y. 
Margaret xoxox


Day 874  A Thanksgiving journal page

What I am up to. A Thanksgiving journal page. Can’t wait to paint this.

I don’t usually start with pencil but I wanted to get everything laid out correctly with this page. 

I included activities we did like baking cookies which the kids loved and of course the big feast  also all the attendees names. The cookies are the ones they cut out the most of.

 I tried to include at least one of all the adults favorite foods. Two out of three kids will eat anything we serve them. 

The center will be inked with some Bombay ink the rest will be watercolor. Check back for the finished page. Hopefully this afternoon but maybe tomorrow. Off to painting. 

 #thanksgiving #artjournal #ink #watercolor #sweetwatertroutfarm #NC


Day 873 – Sapphire 

My daughter in love working in her coloring book at the cabin in Sapphire NC where we spent Thanksgiving holidays. Something about her legs is off. I think perhaps the thigh is too long or maybe her calves are too short?

 Oh well. The dangers of sketching in ink! 

All those colors compared to his Crayola washable markers. 

This is colored with my tombow markers which Henry fell in love with.

Really like the first two. You know a lot of early twentieth century painters were inspired by children’s art especially Paul Klee.  I can really see both of these as abstract paintings. 

So pardon an indulgent grandma sharing her grandsons art. 

Ttyl still unpacking and cleaning the house and starting Christmas decorations. Why would I want to do just one thing. 

Margaret off to grocery shop. Xoxoxo a lot of salad in my future.  


Day 876 Finishing up

This one sat around in the studio not quite finished. After consulting with my friend Cathe Dennis I completely redid the bottom sleeve. Also added contrast to the background so the head of the man showed better. 

I added green to the girls hair and hmm fixed her upper lip. Added outlines. Really like it alloy now but no idea what to name it. Any ideas? At Ponce City market in Atlanta. 
Maybe Lunch?

WordPress was misbehaving and did not let me finish this post. Sigh. It does that a lot lately. 


Day 872 Sunday

First Presbyterian on Peachtree drawn on the sidewalk in front of the High Art Museum. 

Colors used. Quin gold cerulean ultramarine blue burnt umber and burnt sienna alizarin car red quin sienna  hookers green and cad yellow. 

Ttyl hitting the road for home. 

Margaret xoxox